APTLY NAMED LONGSHOT SWIFT LADY SCOOTS TO 2 ½ LENGTH WIN IN $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE; GARCIA & BAFFERT TEAM FOR VICTORY DOWN HILLSIDE TURF IN 1:14.70

  TWO WINNING PICK SIX TICKETS EACH PAY $100,245.60

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2016)–Lightly raced longshot Swift Lady faced winners and tried turf for the first time in Friday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita and emerged with a convincing    2 ½ length win under Martin Garcia, as she covered 6 ½ furlongs down the track’s hillside turf course in 1:14.70.

Trained by Bob Baffert, the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly by Awesome of Course came off a three quarter length maiden special weight win at Los Alamitos on Dec. 3, but was dismissed at 22-1 in a field of 10 sophomore fillies.

In what was only her third career start, Swift Lady showed an abundance of early speed as she went gate to wire and paid $46.80, $14.80 and $11.00. Owned by Baoma Corporation, she was purchased at public auction in Florida this past June for $170,000. With the winner’s share of $34,800, she increased her earnings to $75,800.

“They were having a tough time getting the dirt race to fill and this race was coming up (in the condition book),” said Jimmy Barnes, assistant to Baffert. “With the chance of rain today, our thinking was that if it did rain, it might come off the grass and we’d be running on the main track. If it didn’t, we could still have a chance to run…So we took a chance at trying her on the grass.”

Irish-bred Jeremy’s Legacy, far back early, rallied well for the place under Rafael Bejarano, finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of Optimism And Hope. Favored at 2-1, Jeremy’s Legacy paid $4.60 and $3.00.

Also bred in Ireland, Optimism And Hope, who was ridden by Brice Blanc, rallied from far back and finished 1 ¾ lengths in front of Corps de Ballet. Off at 13-1, Optimism And Hope paid $5.80 to show.

With a Pick Six carryover of $45,040 leading the way, $290,983 in “new money” followed, creating a total Pick Six pool today of $336,023. With several longshots connecting, there were only two winning tickets, purchased at as-yet undisclosed locations, that each paid $100,245.60.

First post time for nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.

 

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